RE: Indexes in the PDF era

Subject: RE: Indexes in the PDF era
From: "Kay Honaker" <khonaker -at- accela -dot- com>
To: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 08:02:14 -0700

And in my company, the TOC is measured by its length (it should not exceed four pages). Content and usabiltiy don't matter.

Kay Honaker

-----Original Message-----
From: Bonnie Granat [mailto:bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007 8:46 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Indexes in the PDF era

I totally disagree, because a good index will have terms that are *not*
found in the book but that refer readers to the appropriate place for what
they are *really* looking for . Many people don't *know* the product at all
and will not know the right words to look for. An indexer thinks like both
an experienced product user and a totally clueless new user.

Besides, PDFs are frequently printed out and used, so what then? Unless
there's a fantastically detailed TOC, how happy would anyone be with no
index in a hard-copy PDF?

Bonnie Granat


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